In 1979 the Shahs regime was toppled and soon after the Islamic Republic of Iran was founded. The 1979 revolution drew its support from a broad base of socialists, conservatives and the middle class, ranging from feminists to religious believers. But why did this mass revolt transform into an Islamic revolution? And why was the foundation of an Islamic republic supported by people from so many different political factions? Who participated in the revolution and who did not? These are some of the questions that the artist Sandra Schäfer wants to discuss with the sociologist Asef Bayat during the shooting of a scene for her new film 1979ff. Thus this event will take place as a staged public debate with and for the camera. Participants, including audience members, should be prepared that by attending they accept that they may be filmed. As places are limited this event requires pre-booking and confirmation from no.w.here of your reservation. contact james.holcombe[at]no-w-here.org.uk
This film shoot is a collaboration with Brad Butler and Karen Mirza and The Museum of Non Participation.
Asef Bayat (Leiden)
As a schoolchild in the 1960s, Asef Bayat moved with his parents from central Iran to Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution, he went to England to study at the University of Kent. In his book Workers and Revolution in Iran (1987), Asef analyzed class struggle in Iran under the Shah. In Street Politics: Poor Peoples Movements in Iran (1997), he described the collective struggle to survive in the citys poorest quarters. In Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn, published in 2007, Asef compares Islamic movements in Egypt and Iran. After finishing his dissertation, Asef moved to the University of California at Berkeley and later taught sociology and Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo. Asef directed the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World at Leiden University and is currently researching socioreligious movements in the Middle East.
Sandra Schäfer (Berlin)
In her artistic work, Sandra Schäfer has previously dealt with themes of representation of gender, urbanity and (post-) colonialism. Schäfer has made repeated visits to Kabul and Tehran since 2002. She has been involved in different collaborative projects with filmmakers, activists and theoreticians. Together with the Berlin based filmmaker Elfe Brandenburger and in collaboration with actresses, filmmakers and activists from Kabul she made the film Passing the Rainbow. She is co-curator of the film festival Kabul/Teheran 1979ff: Filmlandschaften, Städte unter Stress und Migration (Kabul/Tehran 1979ff: Film Landscapes, Cities under Stress and Migration) that took place 2003 at the Volksbühne Berlin. She is co-editor of a book with the same title, published in 2006 by b_books, Berlin. 2007/08 she co-curated the film festival SPLICE IN and lecture program on gender and society in Afghanistan, its neighboring countries and Europe. SPLICE IN took place in Kassel, Berlin and Hamburg. The festival was continued in Kabul in May 2008 in collaboration with the artist-group CACA-Kabul, the state-run film organization Afghan Film and the organization Open Asia under the title SECOND TAKE. In 2009 her book stagings. Kabul, Film & Production of Representation got published in the series metroZones/media at b_books, Berlin.
Brad Butler (London) Karen Mirza (London)
The Museum of Non Participation is the current body of work of artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. The Museum orbits themes such as On Language As Violence, The Aesthetics of Resistance and Writing the City. "One could easily assume from its title that The Museum of Non-Participation was a form of archive conserving and presenting documentations of actions of non-participation, a shrine of relics of resistance, of artists refusal to partake in capitalist production. Far from it: the Museum of Non Participation is a conceptual construct that - unlike normal exhibitions – has no fixed physical locus or temporal limit. Fittingly, the artists prefer to describe The Museum of Non- Participation as action or gesture”.To date this has resulted in Filmed works, and Urdu/English language exchange, public interventions, performances, a newspaper intervention with the Daily Jang and a month long exhibition in London supported by Artangel Interaction. Forthcoming work will be sited at Vivid Birmingham in November 2010 and Cairo March 2011. Brad Butler and Karen Mirza,s artistic practice is based on collaboration and dialogue. This manifests itself in a multi-layered practice of filmmaking, drawing, installation, photography, performance, publishing and curating www.mirza-butler.net Their work is engaged with challenging and interrogating concepts such as participation, collaboration, the social turn and the traditional roles of the artist as producer and the audience as recipient. www.no-w-here.org.uk